Records tumble at Snowy Mountains 1000

AT the end of the 2013 Snowy Mountains 1000 last year, just one man, Supra driver James Pogson sat in the 300km/h club – today, James’ 308.1km/h pass from last year was blown into oblivion.

Ironically, it was Pogson who set the pace this morning, posting a 306km/h pass before fellow Supra driver Darren Maxwell shattered his early lead with a 312km/h pass – the fastest ever at the event.

Then, as the drivers were bedding in their third passes for the day, and the guys at the pointy end of the field pretty much maintained the status quo, all hell broke loose, as Willall Racing smashed their way to the top of the leader board with a 16.72 second pass over the 1000 metre Snowy Mountains Airport track.

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Driver Kier Wilson left the competition in his wake with an incredible 321km/h pass in a car that doubles as a hill climb and drag race vehicle, engineering by the South Australian team.

It was Wilson’s run in the brand new car that would hand him both the fastest time and fastest terminal speed honours at the charity race meeting, with no one able to even come close to his R35 GTR Skyline.

“If we really wound it up, it can go a lot faster,” Kier said. “But it’s brand new, like really brand new, and we’re a bit careful about breaking it.”

In an interview with Exhaust Notes Australia, Wilson said the car was, if they dialed up the boost from 20psi to the 35psi it was capable of, more than ready to go harder, with the driver predicting 330km/h was a real possibility.

Despite the heat of the day, more than 100 cars took part in the event, that saw a small but enthusiastic crowd supporting good runs from drivers across a multitude of categories, with very few incidents or accidents for the drivers.

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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